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Blake Treinen allows winning homer, Dodgers lose to Rockies

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The Dodgers’ patchwork pitching plan Saturday evening was fraught however practical.

As an alternative, it was their lineup that fell flat throughout a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Of their lowest-scoring efficiency at Coors Area since July 2019, the Dodgers tallied simply seven hits (six of them singles) and no walks. For the primary seven innings, they have been silenced by Rockies starter Germán Márquez.

Then within the eighth, they missed a main comeback alternative, scratching throughout a game-tying run however leaving the bases loaded.

That allowed the Rockies to rally for the win, with Connor Joe’s go-ahead house run off Blake Treinen within the backside of the eighth proving to be the distinction in entrance of a sold-out crowd of 48,087.

“We had an opportunity to win,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned.

Within the high of the eighth, nevertheless, they squandered their finest likelihood to take management.

Trailing 2-1, the Dodgers received a rally going after a line-drive single from Gavin Lux and bloop base hit from Austin Barnes. Within the subsequent at-bat, Mookie Betts despatched a weak fly ball into shallow heart area, however it dropped between three Rockies to attain Lux with the tying run.

Chants of “Fred-die!” from a heavy contingent of Dodgers followers then crammed the sphere because the group’s new star, Freddie Freeman, walked to the plate. He struck a fly ball to the deepest a part of the ballpark however watched it die instantly in entrance of the 415-foot marker in straightaway heart.

“Freddie clipped [it], simply didn’t get sufficient of it,” Roberts mentioned. “If it’s a three-run homer, it’s a special ballgame.”

The Dodgers' Mookie Betts tosses his bat after connecting for an RBI single in the eighth inning April 9, 2022.

The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts tosses his bat, however his weak fly ball fell in for an RBI single within the eighth inning. L.A. missed an opportunity for an enormous inning, although.

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As an alternative, the Dodgers have been left to be second-guessed over a baserunning resolution.

Freeman’s drive was deep sufficient that Barnes may have tagged at second base and superior to 3rd — the place he probably would have scored on Trea Turner’s infield single within the subsequent at-bat.

Barnes stayed put although, electing to play it protected with just one out after he mentioned he wasn’t positive of the ball’s flight.

Roberts mentioned it was the best resolution “by the guide,” however then added, “actually on a ball that’s that far out, [tagging up] wouldn’t have been a foul play.”

Echoed Barnes: “That’s a tricky one. However wanting again on it, particularly since Trea received an infield knock, I might have cherished to get to 3rd.”

Turner’s infield single loaded the bases, however Max Muncy left all three stranded with a flyout to finish the risk.

Within the backside half of the inning, Treinen left a two-out, two-strike cutter over the center of the plate that Joe clobbered 444 ft.

“It’s not a foul pitch to throw if it’s executed,” Treinen mentioned. “However that was fairly flat, middle-middle. Positively higher pitches to throw in that scenario.

“Me and Barnsy talked about it, each shaking our heads like, ‘Why did we try this?’ ”

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Blake Treinen, front, reacts after giving up a solo home run.

Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen reacts after giving up a go-ahead solo house run to the Rockies’ Connor Joe within the eighth inning.

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Rockies nearer struck out Justin Turner, Edwin Ríos and Cody Bellinger within the ninth to get the save.

The end result overshadowed an encouraging, if not awe-inspiring efficiency from the Dodgers’ pitching workers. Tony Gonsolin labored by three innings however gave up just one run. Newly signed bulk reliever Tyler Anderson then piggybacked for 4 extra innings, additionally surrendering just one run.

“We put ourselves in a great spot to stop runs tonight,” Roberts mentioned.

Scoring them, nevertheless, was a special story.

A 3rd-inning house run from Barnes was the one offense the Dodgers mustered towards Márquez, who utilized a five-pitch combine headlined by an upper-90s fastball and swing-and-miss slider. The appropriate-hander struck out 5 and after Barnes’ house run, he retired 14 of the ultimate 15 Dodgers he confronted.

“We actually didn’t get too many good swings off him,” Roberts mentioned.

Colorado Rockies pitcher German Marquez is congratulated by a teammate after retiring the Dodgers in the seventh inning.

Rockies starter Germán Marquez pitched seven sturdy innings towards the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers have been punished for a few defensive miscues, as properly.

Within the first inning, Betts fielded a Ryan McMahon single in proper area and delivered an virtually excellent throw to the plate as Kris Bryant raced house from second. The one-hopper hit Barnes within the mitt, however then got here free when he and Bryant collided, permitting the run to attain.

Within the sixth, second baseman Muncy bobbled a possible double-play floor ball, permitting C.J. Cron to achieve second. From there, he superior to 3rd on a wild pitch earlier than scoring on a bloop single from Joe to make it 2-1.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin works against the Colorado Rockies.

Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin gave up one run in three innings. He yielded 5 hits, struck out three and walked one.

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Regardless of all that, the Dodgers nonetheless have been in it late — and appeared to be on the verge of an offensive outburst within the eighth, just like Friday’s five-run fourth inning that lifted them to a win on opening day.

This time, nevertheless, their bats fell silent. For the primary time this yr, their star-studded lineup did not shine.